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Rabbit in Winter
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Carol Amato


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After the holiday
staring down the dusk
at the window:
a rabbit in the yard.

Surprising since the rabbits
vanished into the deep woods
when the children and that young
sapling were just a few feet tall.

It hops from sparse snow
to the camouflage of dead leaves
where the oak gained forty years
of girth and height
still growing now into its
stateliness.

The rabbit melts into the rooted earth
and the brown-gloved hands
of the tree release at last
their tenacious hold
and flutter to the ground.

On its bare bones
buds burst
and soon the green-flesh arms
lift up to greet the
†††
mysterious
auspicious
brave
new year.


© by Carol Amato.
Used here with the authorís permission.


Carol Amato says poetry has allowed her to assume many lives—the earliest being (at age five) ringmaster of the Barnum & Bailey circus and the latest (to date) as a “lifer” (life-long) waitress. In between, she has “experienced” life as a prisoner in a maximum security prison, a Thoreauvian wanderer in the dunes, a woman of ill-repute in Sicily, and many other adventures. Her  real life experiences include being a language-learning specialist, a natural science educator, and the author of ten books for children about threatened and endangered animals (The Young Readers Series, published by Barron’s Educational Series, Inc., and Backyard Pets, Nature Activities Close to Home, published by John Wiley & Sons). Carol considers herself very fortunate to have both an active imagination and a way to make a living. She lives in Massachusetts.
 

 


Post New Comment:
barbsteff:
brown-gloved hands - easy. Many oaks, if not all, hold their leaves well into the winter and toward spring. Those leaves are brown. Lovely, visual poem, close observation.
Posted 01/11/2019 01:39 PM
Jean Colonomos:
Love the pictures you paint.
Posted 01/11/2019 09:44 AM
cork:
What years will do for trees is amazing!
Posted 01/11/2019 08:46 AM


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